From the time the weather in Utah started turning colder during fall, to the coldest part of winter, the Garamba Waterproof Hard Shell Jacket by Mishmi Takin has had me covered. I’ve had a hard time finding a waterproof jacket that breathes well. Usually waterproof means I sweat so much inside of the jacket that I end up soaked anyway. The Garamba jacket helps me stay dry through rainy and snowy hikes and trail runs.
Made with 100% ripstop nylon, the Garamba jacket is durable for my outdoor adventures. I like it best on the coldest days of the season. Unlike other waterproof jackets, the Garamba jacket has additional venting under the arms accessible by easy to use zippers. As much as I sweat while trail running, the extra venting prevents soaking from the inside by letting more air circulate. Made with eVent® technology, the jacket has a 20,000 waterproof and a 20,000 breathability rating, which puts it in line with other high quality brands. In fact, I’m impressed with the quality of the jacket. It has been durable and warm this winter. I prefer the jacket for night winter trail runs when the temperatures plunge. I get too hot in it when the temperatures get above 35°F but it’s perfect for below freezing winter days and night.
The Garamba jacket outperforms my other jackets during wet rainstorms or snowstorms. This is where the waterproofing makes the difference. Although I found the price a little higher than similar brands, the quality does match the price. This jacket wears well and I expect it to last several years. I have three jackets I like for trail running but the Garamba jacket keeps out the wind best. While I still prefer my lighter weight jackets for breathability, the Garamba breathes better than other waterproof jackets.
I love the front pockets of the Garamba jacket. The are roomy and have an easy to grip zipper pull. Perfect for storing my gloves once my hands warm up. Overall, I’m happy with the Garamba jacket and have learned how to tweak the venting so as to not sweat so much.
Mishmi Takin Garamba Jacket Pros
- Waterproof for wet days
- Breathable in comparison to other waterproof brands
- Extra venting in underarms
- Fits well
- Room to layer underneath
- Good size pockets with easy access
- Price is a bit higher than other brands
- Causes sweating if not vented properly